News Unifor News

Unifor News

Staff At Three Local Unions Join Unifor

Employees of three local unions have themselves unionized and are now represented by Canada's largest private-sector union, Unifor. The Manitoba Labour Relations Board has recently issued certifications for staff at the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO) Local 162, Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba (TEAM) Local 161, and the group formerly known as the senior staff alliance at Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU). All three groups are now represented by Unifor Local 191. "We're pleased these workers have chosen Unifor and Local 191 to represent them as they bargain a first collective agreement," Unifor Local 191 President Aldo Santin said. "We commit to help them achieve the kind of workplace and community we believe can be achieved through membership in Unifor."


Air Canada Adopts Unusual Bargaining Strategy

Air Canada's rushed application for conciliation is premature and a departure from previous bargaining patterns, says the union representing over 4,100 Customer Sales and Service Agents. "We're eager to negotiate in good faith and there are lots of items to discuss," said Cheryl Robinson, President of Unifor Local 2002. "But Air Canada appears eager for government interference early in the process." Usually used as a last resort after reaching an impasse, conciliation triggers the appointment of a federally appointed conciliator that works at the bargaining table with the employer and the union for up to 60 days. However, Unifor disagrees that negotiations are anywhere near an impasse.


Unifor Has Reached A Late Night Deal

Unifor has reached a late night deal with CN, avoiding a lock-out of 4,800 workers. "We're pleased that we were able to reach a negotiated agreement and avoid a major national lock-out of our members," said Unifor President Jerry Dias. "We were able to find solutions to the concerns raised by our members – this is best achieved at the bargaining table." Dias said the agreement has the unanimous endorsement of all of the Unifor bargaining committees. Ratification meetings will be scheduled in locations across the country over the next three weeks. Details of the agreement will only be disclosed following ratification. 


Lock-out Notice by CN Rail

Unifor has just been served lock-out notice by CN Rail for Monday night at 11 p.m. Feb. 20, 2015, local time, a move that the union says has clearly demonstrated that CN has no desire to negotiate. "CN has forced a labour dispute among its 4,800 workers across the country," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "From the beginning of talks five months ago, CN has demonstrated again and  again a total disregard for its employees and the collective bargaining process. We're willing to negotiate - why isn't CN?"


Update About Negotiations with CN Rail

Unifor will be giving an update about negotiations with CN Rail at a press conference on Thursday at 12-noon ET. Unifor reached a tentative agreement with CP on Saturday night, but has been unable to reach an agreement with CN after five months of negotiations. On Sunday evening, CN abruptly halted negotiations, refusing to meet the Unifor rail pattern.


G.H.R.C. Regional Unifor 10-Pin Bowling


G.H.R.C. Regional Unifor 10-Pin Bowling "Qualifying" Tournament, open to Unifor members, spouses, and children. Click here for full information.

Cataract Bowl

7906 Lundys Lane
Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H1

Talks With CN Break Down

CN and Unifor have been unable to reach a new tentative collective agreement, after months of negotiations and long hours this week at the bargaining table. Unifor had four CN bargaining tables meeting concurrently since Monday morning, in Montreal.


Ontario To Push For Broad ORPP

Unifor welcomes the opportunity for our local unions and members to participate in public consultations and to express their support for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and ideas for improving it, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.   "While the Harper government turns its back on the 11 million working Canadians without a workplace pension plan, public consultations on the ORPP will breathe new life into labour's campaign for a strong retirement security program in Canada," said Dias.


Unifor to hold its first Canadian Council

Unifor will hold its first Canadian Council meeting in Vancouver from September 12 to 15, where delegates and staff will reflect on the union’s first year, and plan for the future. “Unifor has had an incredible first year. We have begun to change the debate in this country, but there is still much more work to do. Canadian Council will be where we talk about doing that,” Unifor national President Jerry Dias said. Canadian Council will begin with a Unity Team Caucus meeting on the evening of Sept. 12, followed the next morning by a welcome from BC Federal of Labour President Jim Sinclair.


Awards show the value of Canadian auto plants

Two J.D. Power Awards handed to the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, show the importance of quality, productivity, and inclusiveness as essential inputs to the auto industry, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says. “Nothing in this fine facility would happen, without the work, the dedication, the skill, and the sweat of the members of this local union,” Dias said in a ceremony at the plant August 26.


Prolonging the Cascade Dispute

A “young staffing company” operated out of the home of Dale Taylor is flying back-up labourers to Abbotsford, BC to cross the picket line at Cascade Aerospace. Workers at Cascade are on strike over equal benefits for young workers.

“Replacement workers will prolong the Cascade dispute and who knows what their qualifications are,” said Dawn Cartwright, Unifor’s Director of Aerospace. “MDM Aero Contract and any contractors that it employs will not be welcome at Unifor aerospace facilities for helping Cascade to try to break this strike.” Unifor’s aerospace division has sent a letter to the leadership of thousands of workers at aerospace plants in Canada advising them to terminate contracts with MDM Aero Contract.


Unifor leader challenges OPSEU's Smokey Thomas

Today Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, reiterated his belief that the union's decision to support strategic voting was in the best interest of working people and communities in Ontario. Responding to OPSEU leader Smokey Thomas's allegations that union leaders who backed Liberals had been "played" and "sold their souls", Dias said: "There is no question that our members' decision to do everything possible to prevent the election of Conservative Tim Hudak was the smart and responsible thing to do. As a result of our decision, we protected 100 000 public service jobs and workers' rights that Hudak was bent on destroying."


Canadian auto industry threatened by free trade deal with Korea

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement, in South Korea, of a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea poses a serious threat to Canada's auto industry, says Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector. "We cannot stand by a deal that secures a one-way flow of Korean auto imports into the Canadian market, undermining the jobs and industry on which so many Canadians depend, while precious little is done to strengthen our exports to Korea," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

While there will be a three-year phased-in removal of Canadian auto tariffs on Korean vehicles and an immediate removal of Korean tariffs on Canadian exports, negotiators were unable to win similar protections to the ones the United States negotiated in its free trade agreement with South Korea.


Unifor Urges Ontario Government To Make Meaningful Increase To Minimum Wage

Unifor is urging the Ontario Liberal government to make an immediate and meaningful increase to the minimum wage, to lift hundreds of thousands of working Ontarians out of poverty.  The Ontario government has pledged to announce an increase later this week, after the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel released its recommendations yesterday. Unifor National President Jerry Dias expressed his disappointment with the panel’s very modest recommendations and said that the $11 an hour currently being floated falls far short of what’s needed in the province. The union has supported the call to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour.


Unifor Standing Up For Rights At Work

Canada’s largest union in the private sector is holding meetings across the country over the coming weeks to prepare for a nationwide campaign to defend the rights of Canadians in the workplace. “Unifor is standing up for the rights of Canadians to provide for their families in safe and stable workplaces,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who will be attending all of the meetings. “Unionized or not, we believe that’s what all Canadian workers want.” The meetings – which begin in Windsor, Ontario, this coming Monday and finish in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on February 27 – are being held to discuss with local Unifor leaders threats posed to basic labour rights, and what they can do about it. 


Abbott Laboratories Closes Today

For the last few workers at this city’s Abbott Laboratories plant, today marks the last day of a slow winding down of the facility more than three years after the company announced its closure. “We knew this day was coming, but it’s still difficult at this time of year with the holidays just starting,” said Harry Ghadban, national representative for Unifor Local 462, which represents workers at the plant. When officials from Abbott's Chicago headquarters visited the Brockville plant in September 2010 to announce the closure, 157 people worked at the facility making Ensure nutritional supplements and Similac baby formula.


National Energy Board Fails To Listen To Canadians

Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the energy sector, says the National Energy Board is out of touch with Canadians. “In spite of overwhelming opposition from Canadians, the National Energy Board has opted to approve the Northern Gateway Project,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The NEB has shown just how out of touch it is with Canadians. It is once again ignoring very valid concerns.”  Dias said that the conditions attached to approval of the project fail to address key problems– such as the massive export of raw bitumen, and with it 25,000 jobs if processing was done in Canada.


Unifor Ontario Council Calls for National Energy and Environmental Strategy

Delegates to Unifor’s recent Ontario Council meeting unanimously supported a call to develop a national energy and environmental strategy for Canada, to ensure that our energy resources are developed in a way that maximizes environmental sustainability and the creation of good, stable jobs in Canada. The recommendation outlines several principles for a progressive energy and environmental strategy for Canada, including the need to manage future energy expansion in line with clear and binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions; requirements for made-in-Canada upgrading and refining, and greater use of Canadian-made inputs and services; and the completion of a Canada-wide energy grid. 


Shocked by Canada Post Downsizing

Unifor expresses shock at Canada Post downsizing, pledges to join campaign against service cuts. The president of one of Canada’s largest unions pledged to campaign against dramatic planned cuts in Canada Post services, including the complete elimination of door-to-door delivery.  “This is a devastating announcement, that will hurt millions of Canadians and cripple an important public institution,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. He pointed out that senior citizens and many other Canadians depend on door-to-door delivery.  He also noted the opposition expressed by many municipalities to the construction of new super-mailboxes in existing neighbourhoods. He promised Unifor’s support for community groups, seniors’ organizations, municipalities, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in their efforts to defend the quality of postal service.


Unifor's First Regional Council

Unifor's First Regional Council To Discuss Economic And Political Issues Facing Ontario And Canada. Unifor will hold the first of its regional councils this weekend, starting today December 6, until December 8, as elected local union representatives from across Ontario meet at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto to debate such issues as job creation, threats to unions, and violence against women and youth. More than 750 will be attending, with a packed agenda that includes speakers from both Unifor and the community, including the outspoken Conservative Senator Hugh Segal and the mother of a Toronto teen lost to gun violence.


Unifor: Bill C-4 A Threat To Labour-Management Relations

It is inappropriate for the Harper government to bring in sweeping labour law changes through an omnibus budget implementation bill, making proper consultation and consideration much more difficult, Unifor told the federal Standing Committee on Finance at hearings today into Bill C-4. "It is risky to undertake ad hoc changes for partisan or ideological reasons. Doing so risks serious and long-lasting damage to labour-management relations in the federal public service," the union said in a submission by Unifor Director of Transportation Ron Smith and Unifor Local 2182 President Chad Stroud.


Unifor Members At DHL Express Across Canada Vote To Strike

Unifor members across Canada working at DHL Express delivery service have voted on average 98 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary, during a series of votes over the last two months. Unifor represents more than 600 DHL workers across the country in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. There are five regional collective agreements.


Historic Convention

PageBanner-ENGHistoric convention to create largest private-sector union gets underway this weekend. The founding convention to create a new union — Unifor — uniting more than 300,000 members from two of Canada’s largest unions will be held Aug. 31st and Sept. 1st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. More than 2,500 elected leaders from the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) — from every province and territory and nearly every sector of the economy — will gather for the two-day event, before leading Toronto’s Labour Day Parade under their new banner on Sept. 2. It will be the largest gathering of a single labour union in decades. Unifor has generated considerable interest for its commitment to open the doors of unionism and take a new approach.



unifestTo celebrate the launch of Unifor this Labour Day weekend, the union is hosting a free public concert at Nathan Philips Square (100 Queen Street West) on Sunday September 1. The concert brings together fantastic and diverse musical acts from all across Canada.

If you are in Toronto, be sure to join us and watch some of Canada’s greatest bands perform, including Stars, Les Colocs, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Sister Says and DJ Hedspin (2011 World Red Bull THRE3STYLE Champion). The show starts at 6:30pm and will be hosted by Tash Jeffries. It’s going to be a great party, and everyone is invited! Bring along your friends and family! For more information, visit the Unifest facebook page and follow us at @UniforTheUnion and #unifest on Twitter.

Keep telecommunications jobs in Canada!

Unifor-telco-share-ENGThe Harper government is allowing US-based multinational Verizon Communications to take over our telecommunications network by selling them Canada’s wireless spectrum. This is not about cheaper or better cell phone service. It’s about lining the pockets of Verizon executives at the expense of Canadian jobs, culture and security!









What is Unifor?

uniforTwo great Canadian unions — the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union — are forming a new union with a modern, inclusive approach to serve members better and participate more effectively in our workplaces and communities.

As the largest private sector union in Canada, Unifor will advocate for and defend the rights of working people, in more than 20 economic sectors and in communities across Canada. We will stand for safer workplaces, secure employment, wages and benefits that provide a decent standard of living, and dignity and mutual respect in the workplace.

We will be a union for workers, a union for the unemployed, a union for women, a union for new Canadians, a union for young workers and the precariously employed – a union for everyone.

We hope you will join us in helping to build momentum toward our Founding Convention this Labour Day, when we aim to officially unite our two unions and begin the work of building a brighter future for working people across Canada.

Grassroots Solidarity at the Toronto Star

Workers at the Toronto Star are sticking together as the paper undergoes lay offs and continues to contract out work. Stuart Laidlaw, chair of CEP local 87M that represents the Toronto Star newsroom reports on recent acts of grassroots solidarity.

Amid deep staff cuts and contracting out, CEP members at the Toronto Star have shown what they are made of, and Wednesday April 18 was no exception. The Star hands out awards in the newsroom every month, and solicits staff to nominate their co-workers.

This month, staff in the newsroom overwhelmed the nomination committee with nominations for the laid off co-workers - so much so that the committee had no choice but to recognize all the editors, designers, artists, EAs and librarians who are being laid off from the paper.


A New Word For ‘Relevant’

Say two hefty organizations decide to combine forces. Leaders see synergies. More important, they want to grow their market share by delivering services in new and innovative ways. To reflect this, they want a shared identity that is simple yet evocative. It's a scenario familiar to anyone who's seen the inside of an M&A deal or a rebranding campaign. But the partners in this case are two of Canada's largest unions, the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers, whose respective executives voted to merge last year. They plan to consummate the deal at a founding convention in August.


Newspaper Cuts Hurt Democracy

Dave Coles

A democratic society needs an aggressive and free press able to pursue truth where it finds it, to give Canadians the information they need to exercise their democratic rights responsibly, to celebrate their victories, and to help hurting communities mourn their losses. Recent cuts to newspapers across our country have hampered this vital role. The latest come at the Toronto Star, one of the few progressive voices in Canadian mainstream media, following earlier cuts at Sun Media and Post Media papers last year. Broadcasters, too, have been left threadbare by years of corporate cuts.


CEP Welcomes Nova Scotia's Forestry Move

The president of Canada's largest forestry union says the announcement of the agreement with Resolute Forest Products and the Washington Post Company made by the Nova Scotia government is "great news for the forest industry". "This is extremely beneficial to retirees as it will have a very positive impact on the health of the pension plan for workers at the former Bowater mill," said Dave Coles, National President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP). Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today in Halifax stating that the government was gaining control of the company's assets and taking over the its liabilities, including the former employee's pension plan.


CEP and Bell Canada reach tentative agreement

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and Bell Canada reached a tentative collective agreement on Nov. 29 on behalf of technical employees working in Québec and Ontario. The bargaining committee is recommending acceptance of the tentative deal. CEP Local representatives will go over the details of the agreement at a bargaining caucus on Monday, Dec. 10. Ratification meetings will be held between Dec. 11th and 20th for Locals in Quebec  and Ontario. The results of the vote will be released Dec. 21.


CEP condemns job losses at Sun Media

The 500 job losses at Sun Media newspaper division underline the shortsighted strategies of a giant media company, says the largest media union in the country.

"Dramatic downsizing is not the tool to use if newspapers want to transition into the local or national multimedia powerhouses they need to become." said Paul Morse, president of CEP Local 87-M, Southern Ontario News Media Guild. "This is a terrible day for quality journalism and good paying media jobs in Canada".

Today, Sun Media announced downsizing in Québec and the closure of two production facilities in Ottawa and Kingston. "Once you kill what makes a newspaper valuable to its community by getting rid of too many of those people who produce quality content, you lose your audience, possibly forever." said CEP Vice-President Media, Peter Murdoch. "We recognize that newspapers face some economic challenges, but wholesale gutting of news organizations is not the way to position themselves for the future".


Cutting jobs at provincial public broadcaster puts quality on chopping block

The job losses announced this morning at TVO will be harmful to the quality of content produced by the station. In an announcement this morning, TVO said it is cutting roughly 40 jobs and long-standing shows such as Saturday Night at the Movies, Allan Gregg in Conversation, and Big Ideas.

"It is a very sad day at TVO. We are losing some iconic shows that have been running for years and it is going to affect a lot of people and their employment here", said Steve Thomas, President of CEP Local 72-M.

"The Ontario Liberal government went after the province's teachers, and now they are going after its public broadcaster", said Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) Vice-President Media Peter Murdoch. "It is a failed solution to reduce staff positions to try and improve the situation of the station."


CEP Convention 2012

CEP Convention 2012The upcoming CEP convention will set the stage for countless discussions, debates and presentations related to some of the most pressing issues of the day for CEP members and the Labour movement as a whole. The theme of the Convention, "Action for New Times" will provide delegates with an ideal opportunity to identify many ways to take action within our union and in our communities. Up until and during the Convention, members and delegates will be able to get updates on this dedicated convention section of the website. The site will provide up-to-the minute news stories, videos, photos, live streaming of speakers, and much more.

Members will also be able to follow all the news and events of the Convention through CEP's twitter account that can be followed at @CEPinfoSCEP.  Be sure to keep an eye on this site and The Activist newsletter (click here) for more information about speakers, workshops and general information related to Convention.

Super union to meet in time for Labour Day

The founding convention for the union born of the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers union and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union will take place in Toronto from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013, a joint committee of the two unions announced Monday. The timing will allow new union convention delegates to participate behind their new union banner in Labour Day events in their own communities, a joint statement said.

The founding convention will be tasked with approving the constitution of the new union, the new name and logo, and will elect its first leaders, including three national officers, three regional directors and the first members of the inaugural national executive board. "Launching the new union on Labour Day weekend is fitting and symbolic," said Peter Kennedy, CAW secretary treasurer and committee co-chair. "Marching behind our new banner will be an electrifying beginning for an organization that will inject new energy and hope into the labour movement."


Labour review threatens workers' rights

Dave Coles

Fifty years ago, Saskatchewan changed Canadian history. Pushed by labour, farmer and community groups, on July 1, 1962, the provincial government introduced the first universal health coverage program in North America.

The move was opposed by much of the business community and doctors withdrew their services for 23 days in a failed bid to force the government to back down. Four years later, the federal government took the "Saskatchewan health model" to the rest of the country, recognizing the importance of providing this social protection to all Canadians. Five decades later, many Canadians judge medicare to be the single most important program that makes this country better than the U.S. and tens of millions of Americans wish they had their own "Saskatchewan model".


First Collective Agreement For Cep Members At SC 360 Markham

Congratulations to CEP members employed at SC 360 Markham who strongly endorsed their first collective agreement on Thursday July 5, 2012.

The two year collective agreement will come into effect on July 8, 2012 and run until July 7, 2014. Negotiations had been ongoing since the bargaining unit was certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board in December 2010. Ratification votes were conducted in Barrie and Markham and were well attended. Highlights of the settlements included an immediate two percent increase in piece rate codes and a new daily minimum program implemented immediately with a 2 percent increase on July 8, 2013.


CEP women’s committee joins PSAC fight-back

may rallyOttawa. Thousands of students, senior citizens, union activists and many others joined members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada outside the Prime Minister's Office to rally against the so-called austerity cuts in the March 29 federal budget.

Members of the CEP National Women's Committee, meeting in Ottawa this week, took part in the rally, which began at 11:30 am at Confederation Park and moved through downtown to the PM's office. Several speakers denounced the cuts to staff and the loss of valuable public services. "We are astounded at how quickly and mercilessly this government is moving to put people out of work and cut the services Canadians across the country rely on," said John Gordon, PSAC National President.



New Union Discussions by CEP/CAW Reach Milestone

The joint CEP/CAW Proposal Committee has reached an important milestone in creating a new national union, coming to a consensus on a possible structure for the organization featuring a strong regional presence.

The Proposal Committee was established by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers union to develop a plan for a new national union, which would be the largest private sector union in Canada representing more than 300,000 members. Following four days of meetings last week in Toronto the Proposal Committee, made up of eight representatives from each union, reached consensus on a plan that establishes a “robust regional presence” and outlines how the new union could be run.


Direct Energy forces strike as demands hurt workers and customers

Toronto - About 550 Direct Energy workers, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, are now on strike. "As our customers did with the new terms and conditions on rental water heaters, it is now our turn to take a stand on a living wage, balancing work and family and being paid a fair salary and fair benefits from a company that continues to make large profits," says Dave Moffat, CEP's Ontario Administrative Vice-President.


April 21 Rally

April21RallyTell Premier McGuinty to build Ontario, not tear it apart.

Premier McGuinty put banker Don Drummond in charge of recommending nearly 400 cuts to jobs and public services in Ontario. At a time when Ontarians are in desperate need of economic recovery, these cuts will jeopardize every aspect of society: from health care to full-day kindergarten to pensions. No public service is safe. However, in McGuinty’s reckless plan to balance Ontario’s books by putting more people out of work and destroying the social safety net, he refuses to roll-back corporate tax cuts that are starving the province of billions of dollars that could be better used to create new jobs and help tens of thousands of struggling Ontario families to get back on their feet. Ontarians from all sectors of society must come together to tell Premier McGuinty that he cannot cut his way to economic prosperity. Ontarians need a job creation strategy and it is time that banks and corporations began paying their fair share.


CEP behind teachers all the way!

victoriaVictoria. On the lawn in front of the British Columbia legislature protesting the province’s proposed back-to-work legislation, Bill 22, are Jim Britton, CEP Western Region Vice-President (left), Brent Reid, Western Region Rank and File Board Member from Local 433X, and Ed Clement, from Local 855. They were joined by many other members of CEP and other unions who came out in force to support the British Columbia Teachers Federation.

Report of the New Union Proposal Committee

New Union Process Kicks Off With Weekend Sessions in Toronto: Leaders, activists, and staff members from the CEP and the CAW have completed their first set of formal meetings in Toronto February 24-27, kicking off their process to investigate the potential of forming a new Canadian union.  These meetings will be followed by further meetings and consultations, as outlined in the unions’ recently agreed ‘Process Protocol’, culminating with reports and recommendations made to their respective union conventions in August (CAW) and October (CEP) of this year. On February 24 both unions held special meetings for their staff representatives to brief them on the process, followed by a special joint staff meeting.  February 25 featured a one-day workshop on union renewal and innovation, involving some 75 national and local leaders and staff from both unions, to consider several ideas regarding new structures and practices which the new union might incorporate.


Over 700 lost jobs...

Over 700 to lose jobs at Montreal's Mabe dryer plant: Slumping sales in the States, along with a high Canadian dollar have forced a Mexican multinational to slash 740 Montreal factory jobs, it was announced. The factory had already transferred about 30 percent of its production to Mexico in the spring of 2009, leaving 510 full-time workers employed at the factory, along with 200 part-timers, whose services had not been as much in demand lately. Management issued a press release citing decreased profits due to the high Canadian dollar, as well as the economic slowdown in the United States, where 90 percent of the goods manufactured at the Montreal plant are sold.


NDP Leadership 2012

LeadershipOn March 24th, 2012 New Democrats will help elect a new leader of our party. This leadership convention is vital not just to the party but also to the labour movement. Labour needs a strong New Democratic Party and we need a leader of that party that understands and supports unions.


Paper mill vs ‘job blackmail’

Published Chronicle Herald
By Brett Bundale

Paper mill workers’ unions vow to stand up against ‘job blackmail’.  In an industry marred by pink slips, mill shutdowns and production cuts, a group of forestry workers is banding together against “job blackmail.” Resolute Forest Products Inc. mill workers say the company has pitted paper mills on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border against each other to offset soaring costs and overcapacity in the industry. “We reject absolutely any form of contrived intimidation between workers and mills,” the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and United Steelworkers members said in a joint statement after a two-day meeting in Montreal.

 “We insist that the company respect our bargaining caucuses, our pattern agreements, and end any form of job blackmail between the local unions.”


CAW, CEP Talk...

CAW, CEP Talk About Creating New Larger Union
Published The Huffington Post Canada 

By Rachel Mendleson

In the face of diminishing power and a hostile economic climate, two of Canada’s largest labour unions are considering joining forces and rebuilding from the ground up. The Canadian Auto Workers’ union  (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union  (CEP) are in talks to consolidate their memberships and create a new union. In the aftermath of a recession that bore down hard on Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector and already fragmented labour movement, CEP President Dave Coles says the talks represent an escalation in the battle to shore up unions -- and their membership. “Our members are paying the price right now for the economic and political situation in Canada and the world right now,” he says. “I’m not about to stand by and let it happen without at least attempting to throw a few punches.” The consolidation effort was first reported by the Toronto Star on Friday, which described the discussions as “merger talks.”


Biggest merger ever?

The Star. Two of the country’s most prominent unions are quietly holding merger talks in what could become the biggest consolidation in Canadian labour history. In a response to harder times for organized labour in a tough economy, leaders of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union revealed Thursday that discussions have started and will probably accelerate during the next few months. “There’s a lot of work left to do,” said CAW president Ken Lewenza. “We’re moving along but we’re still at a preliminary stage and far off from a deal.”

Labour watchers say a new union between the CAW, which represents about 200,000 workers, and CEP, which has about 125,000 members, would mark the biggest single merger in the history of the labour movement here. The CAW and CEP are already among the 10 biggest unions in Canada.


Mayor's boycott of Star reporters...

 Mayor's boycott of Toronto Star reporters a threat to all journalists: The union representing journalists, and other employees, at the Toronto Star is throwing its weight behind complaints against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's boycott of Star reporters. Paul Morse, president of Local 87-M of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), says Ford's decision not to include Star reporters in emails about city events and press releases threatens the ability of all reporters to do their job and, ultimately, for the electorate to be able to judge the performance of their politicians.


CEP Women's Conference

CEP women's conference targets violence against women. Highlights include address by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. Dec. 6th march and rally. One of Canada's largest unions, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, is bringing together more than 350 women from across Canada for a conference at the Westin hotel, Dec. 4-6. The event will feature the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, as keynote speaker, as well as a march to Parliament Hill to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women...


Camps fall...

Toronto, Ottawa camps fall to police backed by bylaws: The Occupy movement in Canada changed fundamentally Wednesday with the removal of protesters in both the country's largest city and its capital.

This follows removals of camps in Calgary, Quebec City and Victoria on Tuesday, and the threat of eviction hanging over other remaining camps. Toronto police moved in Wednesday morning to enforce the eviction order at St. James Park after making three loudspeaker announcements requesting protesters leave.

Officers moved through the park from tent to tent, asking protesters to vacate the area. The central gazebo remains barricaded, with boards and signs on all sides, and a few people remaining within.

"Our concern is removing structures," said Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash, noting people were welcome to convene and protest once the park was deemed safe again.



mexicoMexico City: CEP President Dave Coles joins telecom and IT union leaders in Mexico at a rally for Atento call centre workers who are fighting to form a union. Ontario Administrative Vice-President Barb Dolan also attended the rally and is meeting with the Mexican Labour Minister Oct. 21.

UNI’s telecom and IT unions voted today to merge, forming the new sector UNI Information, Communication, Technology and Services (ICTS), which will represent over 3 million workers around the world...


Support Rally

The Officers Of The CEP Region Invite You To A Strike Support Rally And BBQ. CEP members at Ming Pao, members of Local 87M have been on strike since September 21st, 2011. We are asking you to join us in support of our Sisters and Brothers for a rally and BBQ.

Saturday October 15th, 2011, 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  1355 Huntingwood Drive, Scarborough.
(Park at the plaza just east of Ming Pao)

Please put the word out to your locals to support our Sisters and Brothers from Local 87M. Any time you can spare to go out on the line is appreciated, the picket line is running 24/ 7. Your support would be greatly appreciated ... in solidarity there is strength!

Newspaper On Strike

Ming Pao workers fight for first contract at Toronto newspaper: Members of CEP Local 87-M went on strike September 21st against Ming Pao, a large Chinese language newspaper in Toronto, in what has become a tough fight over basic union rights. The 135 members have been in a legal strike position since last week, but kept talking in hopes of averting a walkout. The main issues-improving wages, benefits and working conditions-have been overshadowed by the company's aggressive approach to bargaining. The vast majority of staff at the paper, reporters and sales staff included, earn between minimum wage and $14 an hour. Only a few reporters and sales reps earn a competitive wage.


Sawmill joins CEP

The 150 maintenance and production workers at the AbitibiBowater Thunder Bay sawmill, located in Fort William First Nation, have voted to join the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. CEP conducted a six-month organizing drive, which resulted in an application for certification back on Aug. 5 at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The 150 maintenance and production workers at the AbitibiBowater Thunder Bay sawmill, located in Fort William First Nation, have voted to join the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Subsequent voting took place throughout the day on Friday, Aug. 12, with CEP winning a majority support from employees.


Dexter Sticks to Decision

Premier will not recall House for NewPage debate: The Dexter government is ignoring opposition calls to get in the legislature to discuss the pending NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill shutdown, saying a committee is working on the issue. "We’ve brought the right people together," NDP backbencher Mat Whynott, the party whip, said Thursday. "The government is doing exactly what it should be doing."


Jack Layton

Statement by Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union on the passing of Jack Layton. Our union mourns the loss of our political leader, Jack Layton. Jack Layton is one of the greatest political leaders in our country’s history.  His vision and energy built the NDP into Canada’s official opposition. It is a historic tragedy that his destiny to become our Prime Minister is an unfinished project for others now to complete.


Emergency G20 Summit

Union Leaders call for emergency G20 Summit to respond to run on financial markets: 8 August 2011 (ITUC OnLine): As the collapse in world share values threatens to trigger renewed downturn and with it a surge in unemployment, union leaders have called on G20 leaders to convene an emergency Summit to take the initiative to regulate the markets and avert economic collapse.


Economic Uncertainty

Over the past few weeks stock markets in Canada and elsewhere have dropped considerably, culminating in the largest daily drop in several years on August 8th. They have been reacting to the rising probability that economic growth and employment creation will remain weak for the foreseeable future. The fear expressed Monday was that cutbacks in government spending may lead to a new recession in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and Japan.


Contact Info

Unifor 591g

324 Prince Edward Dr., Suite 10,

Toronto, ON  M8Y 3Z5

Phone:   416.231.3377
T.F.:     1.800.606.2216
Fax:       416.231.2829
Google Map & Directions

Images from Gallery

Bottom Image Bottom Image Bottom Image Bottom Image

Bottom Image Bottom Image Bottom Image Bottom Image

Privacy & Security

Web site visitors should never be concerned that the information you provide will be sold or distributed to third parties. This information will never be sold, rented or bestowed to any advertiser, direct marketing firm or other non-Partner third party. No third parties will have access to any information you supply and you will not receive any unsolicited e-mail (spam) from us. Please review this policy statement, which has been... read more...